Our Backyard – Apollo Bay


A new 250 million litre water storage will meet forecast growth in Apollo Bay, Marengo and Skenes Creek.

Stage 2 water restrictions will apply in Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek and Marengo from Sunday 3 November 2013 to Saturday 26 April 2014.

A new water storage in Apollo Bay will eliminate the need for summer water restrictions.

Construction on a new water storage in Apollo Bay is scheduled for completion in 2014. We expect this to be the last time summer water restrictions are enforced in Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek and Marengo.

The new water storage will meet future water demand for residents, businesses and tourists.


Image shows construction progress on the 250 million litre storage basin at Aollo Bay. Image shows embankments (partially lined) and earthmoving equipment.

Works are progressing on the new water storage basin in Apollo Bay.

In addition to the new basin, the project includes replacing the existing Barham River pump station, building a new transfer pump station, and laying the connecting pipelines.

Construction is underway and is scheduled for completion in February 2014.

The Apollo Bay Water Treatment Plant is also being upgraded to boost capacity, with completion expected in November 2014.

This project is being delivered by the Barwon Water Alliance.

 River pump station:

Replaced the existing Barham River pump station on Barham River Road.

The new facility will transfer water from the Barham River to the new water storage basin.

Harvest water under the existing bulk entitlement from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). The bulk entitlement sets out the conditions under which water can be extracted from the river sustainably.

The new pump station complies with Environment Protection Agency noise guidelines.

 Transfer pump station and pipeline:

A new transfer pump station has been constructed next to the basin near Barham River Road.

The pipeline extends from the storage site, along Barham River Road and connects into the existing system near the corner of Barham River Road and Conns Lane.

 Apollo Bay Water Treatment Plant upgrade:

The Apollo Bay Water Treatment Plant, first commissioned in 2000, filters and disinfects drinking water for Apollo Bay, Marengo and Skenes Creek.

The plant is being upgraded with its capacity to increase from 2.5 to 4 million litres a day.

From Barwon Water’s website.

See you in Our Backyard,

Darren Brimacombe

0418 317 424


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